March 2017

28
Mar

The Leadership Dipstick: Are you future-ready?

In the Mercedes-Benz Museum in the German city of Stuttgart stands a model of the world’s first automobile. This is an excerpt from the Museum’s narrative on the car: “The major features of the two-seater vehicle, which was completed in 1885, were the compact high-speed single-cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally at the rear, the tubular steel frame, the differential and

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21
Mar

The Leadership Dipstick: Are you communication-ready?

Many of the most admired leaders present ample evidence that they benefited from being great communicators. The words of leaders like Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King still resonate with us today. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in August 1963, is rated as one of the most inspiring

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14
Mar

The Leadership Dipstick: Are you crisis-ready?

I never joined the Boys Scouts but I am familiar with their famous motto: Be Prepared. This motto implies that scouts are constantly alert to perform any duty. Scouts are prepared in mind, ready to be obedient, having foresight about situations and knowing how to respond. Leaders should similarly be prepared. Bill George argues that a crisis is the ultimate

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7
Mar

The leadership dipstick: Are you business-ready?

In many fields of professional work, processes are instituted with relevant checks. Airline pilots obtain weather reports before putting aircraft in the air. Medical doctors conduct tests before making diagnoses and offering prescriptions. Musicians and sound engineers set up for concerts by carrying out sound checks. Ship captains do not leave seaports without completing pre-departure checks. Builders examine soils prior

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